Saturday, December 9, 2017

Orange You Glad I'm Posting Reviews? - Root Beer & Orange Crush Pop-Tarts

Root Beer & Orange Crush Pop-Tarts - Ollie's Bargain Outlet
Limited Edition Pop-Tarts, unlike Oreos, are pretty low-risk when it comes to writing food reviews. I can easily recall a few failure/nightmare Oreo products that haunt my tastebuds to this day, but when it comes to Pop-Tart flavors, I have no regrets. 
Even the slightly more risky flavors, like Maple bacon were pretty great! I liked them so much that I bought several clearance boxes for my at-desk snacking needs. Unfortunately, Pop-Tart's winning track record is now being put to the test with these new Soda flavors.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Not a fan of vanilla? How about Mocha?

Dunkin' Donuts Mocha Pop-Tarts - Walmart
The companion Pop-Tart to yesterday's review, today we have Chocolate Mocha! 
Kind of a redundant name, don't you think? With "mocha" the chocolate is usually implied. I mean, a cafe mocha is milk, espresso (some times places use plain ol' coffee) and a hint of chocolate. It's like calling chocolate milk, "chocolaty chocolate milk."  Perhaps the chocolate here refers to the chocolate pastry shell? Oh well, enough semantics, let's eat!
This box mirrors the oddly serene vanilla one, inside of a soothing blue, we have a warm amber-brown color with the same swirling vortex backdrop, flavor-specific imagery, and the same obnoxious VALUE PACK text at the top. Since these are warmer colors, the yellow top doesn't feel as out of place as it did on the other box, but of the two, I like the Vanilla packaging more. (Who drinks coffee out of clear glass mugs though?) 
Inside the box are packs of Pop-Tarts with the classic silver wrapping (I think the gold-wrapped peanut-based flavors are the only one that use a different colored packaging.) 
Unwrapped, the pastry inside smells just like Riesen chews! A childhood favorite of mine. It's a complex chocolate aroma that is almost like taking Hershey's chocolate syrup and mixing it up with instant coffee powder. This might taste better than I thought!  
Untoasted, it's pretty Riesen-like! The filling has a chooclate syrup favoring, with an Oreo-cookie-like finish. I love it, but there's something missing. Coffee. There are no real coffee or espresso notes to be found, but the filling in this Pop-tart offers a more mature take on chocolate than the normal chocolate/fudge themed Pop-Tarts I've had in the past. If I were in their marketing department, I'd try to strike a deal with Riesens and re-release these under that moniker instead. 
If you like Riesens as much as I do, you can pop these in the freezer (instead of the toaster.) It makes the filling denser and more chewy. When toasted, the filling gets softer and a little fudgier, but there still aren't that many coffee notes to be found. It's more like a dark-chocolate based cocoa pastry. 
Again, coffee addicts will be disappointed by this flavor, but fans of dark chocolate, or Riesen's candy, will find that this is pretty darn good! It's my favorite of the two Dunkin' Donuts flavors and if this somehow replaced the classic Fudge Pop-Tart, I'd be a happy camper.  
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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Hot Lattes, Straight From The Toaster

Vanilla Latte Pop-Tarts - Walmart
I know these are old news, and no one cares anymore, but I'm cleaning out my pantry and I've got quite a few backlogged Pop-Tarts to review, so I'm going to do my best to knock them all out this week! First up, Dunkin' Donuts Vanilla Latte!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Cookies & Screeem m&m's - Target

Cookies & Screeem m&m's - Target
Easter Sundae m&m's dressed up for Halloween?
I'm experiencing déjà vu. This isn't the first time we've seen a chocolate-vanilla m&m masquerading as something snazzier, and it likely won't be the last. Maybe I am completely off-base with my assumptions, but I'm  going into this review with some pretty low expectations.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Peanut Brrr-ittle m&m's - Target

Peanut Brrr-ittle m&m's - Target
While scooping up clearance Halloween deals at Target, I picked up something on-season! (It's been a while.) 
Brittle is an odd flavor choice, and certainly not something that makes me think of winter. Thanks to the peanut-center it makes sense conceptually, but I'm a bit curious (and skeptical) about the execution. Will the chocolate taste like brittle? I doubt it, but I'm excited to see more peanut m&m's get the limited edition flavor treatment.
Let's find out!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Ch-Ch-Churro Project 7 Gum: Here We Go Again!

Ch-Ch-Churro Project 7 Gum - Target  58¢
Project 7 offers unique sugar-free sweets in well designed packaging, all while donating proceeds to worthy causes. What's not to like? Sadly, their product. They're just too inconsistent! 
There are a handful of their chewing gums that I truly enjoy and would recommend to everyone, but for every product I adore, there are easily twice as many disappointments. Fool me seven times, shame on you, fool me eight-or more times, shame on me.   
I talk a big game, but I have used this Futurama meme before, in ANOTHER Project 7 review. Even after being burned time and time again, I keep coming back for more...when they're on sale. Wise man say, forgiveness is divine, but never pay full price for roulette chewing gum. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

A Tall, Cold, Glass of...Vinegar?

Hong Cho - H-mart (Came with a FREE reusable bottle!)
I love vinegar! In my early 20's I had intense stress-related stomach issues that put me out of commission for several months, and the cure? Vinegar! (And less stress. I love vinegar, but let's not be click-bait-y. It's not a cure all!) 
It's popular to use vinegar for pickling, sauces, and dressings, but I straight up drink it! I'm sure that sounds weird to most people, but I'm not alone! 

Friday, November 3, 2017

My New Guilty Pleasure Indulgence?

Snyder's Pizza Flavored Pretzel Sandwiches - Walmart $3.69
Pizza flavored snacks are one of my guilty pleasure junk food indulgences, but satisfying ones are getting harder to find. As an adult, I would buy a pizza lunachable here or there to scratch my itch. When they stopped using Tombstone pizza sauce (the monsters!), I'd go for my favorite bag Doritos which were a combination of pizza and ranch flavored chips. When those disappeared (RIP), I turned to pizza flavored Combos. The Combos are still available, but it is getting harder for me to find the big bags of them. Their slot at my local 7-Eleven has been full of the Cheddar version for a while. Thankfully, a while back, one of my readers suggested I look into these new Snyder's pretzel sandwiches. 
It was a rainy day, everyone in the house was feeling under the weather with a slight cold, so I stopped at Walmart to buy some canned soup, and that's when the familiar craving surfaced. I wanted a ketchup-y cafeteria pizza flavored snack and I wanted it NOW. So I went into the chip aisle and finally scored a bag of these. Let's see if these can pass the test!